You never know, especially in the rainy season: in the morning the day was very sunny and Claudio is happy, because he invited us to dinner for his birthday. Those summoned arrive and are given the task of preparing the roast meat, salad included, and organize the coperacha for the chelas and by means of an uneven flight the commission is armed to go for the chelas, blowpipes or viquis well frozen to get off a bite and refresh the mood.
It is Friday, the body is wise, understands the circumstances and collaborates by staying relaxed, ready to cooperate to join the meeting of friends without any rush, because the weekend is just beginning. In case the rain does not respect, he rented a tarp – discreet, because the patrols of the municipality prowl around – and asked the neighbor for permission to occupy his vacant lot as a parking lot. The grill, the charcoal, the pieces of meat, the cambray onions, enough tortillas, ice for the beers … Everything in order.
In times of pandemic, healthy distance is imposed, but does not postpone the meeting, with a mask and assuming the risks. Some arrive drenched and explain:
—The sky fell, from San Juan to the little ranch, but the promise of a very rich feast was stronger. And more in the company of those who were and dirt from primary to high school, lucky because they achieved what many wanted and could not obtain.
—Elías works on weekends and also his trainer brings him a short leash.
“Genaro has a little store and he said that he just closes and lets himself fall.”
In the damage count, the fallen compasses come to light when they were infected with covid. The familiar phrase “we were ahead of” is heard several times. Also toasts in his honor. When asked by someone, the majority accept that the possibility of contagion is scary, but that it is more difficult to go to another neighborhood without saying goodbye to loved ones:
—Juanjo was pointed out by Russian roulette: several of his relatives fell ill and he never saw them again …
“Is that why the very miserable didn’t come?”
“He walks around and prefers to remain isolated.”
“But if you got vaccinated, what’s the problem?”
—Pus ora yes that each one has his own criteria, and here I am… Cheers!
-Health! Good for him, but I found out he took the test and it came back negative.
—He prefers to stay that way, he says, but he was grateful we invited him.
Doña Mini the shopkeeper is far-sighted: she put the contents of two more cartons in the freezer and attends, after warning:
—At 11 o’clock under the curtain, so take what is necessary at once, because if the patrol passes: little girl I won’t finish it, guys. And put on a mask, cannon.
“Will you lend me another carton with packaging?” I’ll bring them to you early tomorrow, net.
—But you comply with me, Claudio, because the truck that supplies me gets up early …
And Claudio listens and uncovers another Victoria, a road worker, hoping to get out well and clean the house very well when the meeting is over, with a lot of chlorine, it’s not going to be the devil. Then, to wait for the start of work, where the virus is also lurking, but what to do when the bad habit of eating prevails, mixed with the desire to get out of the confinement, see other faces than one’s own in the mirror, hear other voices.
Emiliano Pérez Cruz
Writer, chronicler of Neza